| The real message behind beer fest ban
| Monday, September 25, 2017
|Malaysiakini : YOURSAY | ‘Why deprive the right of other faiths just because one’s faith does not permit it?'
Ex-judge, Muslim activist debate beer fest merits
CQ Muar: The beer festival, normally held during the
month of October and known as the Oktoberfest, had been celebrated for
decades in many countries, including Malaysia. The recent hue and cry by Muslim Malaysian activists who are against
the practice is all a ruse. The festival is meant for non-Muslims, hence
to impose the ban is an infringement of their rights.
Besides, Muslims should know their faith well enough to stay away
from the festival. Nobody encourages them to follow what non-Muslims do.
Why deprive the right of other faiths, just because your faith does not
Anonymous 381541456985626: My health and wellbeing is my responsibility, and no one has the right to dictate how I take care of my health. As for the safety of the individuals and citizens at the event, that
is the responsibility of the police; if the organisers follow the
requirements, there should be no problems. There will always be somebody unhappy with something, most of the
time. Is it right for that to be the reason to cancel or ban a
gathering, festival or party?
Isn't it the responsibility of the enforcement authorities to maintain peace and harmony, and protect the people at functions? If we start cancelling and banning functions for fear of some
individuals or groups that are not happy, then there would come a day
when we can't any functions at all, as the enforcement bodies would have
to comply with every individual's displeasure.
Drngsc: Islamic Renaissance Front director Ahmad
Farouk Musa, with all due respect, surely no one is going to turn over
and become an alcoholic over one beer fest? Following your argument, you and Amanah lawmaker and fellow medical
doctor Dr Siti Mariah must fight to ban alcohol from Malaysia. Banning one festival is not going to have any impact on alcoholism.
Indeed, the data is strong - that people who become alcoholics have a
It is the fundamental right of citizens to partake in any activity or
drink so long as they are not breaking the law. This festival is
obviously not against the law. We had them before. So what's the big
deal? By banning the event, you have encroached on the fundamental rights
of a group of citizens. And that is against the federal constitution.
Anonymous_1408265047: Probably the most dangerous
pastime in Malaysia is driving a car or riding a motorcycle, where one
can be killed or seriously injured through no fault of one's own. Also, the consumption of sugar in massive quantities in Malaysia is a
serious health hazard, which causes the onset of diabetes and the death
of thousands each year.
Cigarette smoking kills a person every four hours in Malaysia,
according to the health authorities. It appears that nobody wants to ban
it. However, alcohol in moderate quantities is actually beneficial to health. The Egyptians knew this 4,000 years ago. The sheer hypocrisy or the gross ignorance, but most probably, the
intellectual dishonesty of some people in this country is breath-taking.
Skippy: You don't need a festival to drink and
smoke. After all, beer and cigarettes are easily available on a daily
basis. If the government bans alcohol and cigarettes totally, then this
makes sense. Otherwise, to ban just this festival is downright hypocritical. Check
your statistics, please. Most sexual offenders in this country are
non-drinkers. It's the same for those involved in the theft of public funds...
Iiiizzzziiii: Yes, the question begging to be asked
is that "why not have a total ban on the sales of cigarette and alcohol
in the first place?" It is the only right thing to do and that will save
many unnecessary incidents and situations in future.
The core issue here is the fundamental right of everyone. Muslim
zealots have always been adopting the big brother role, telling everyone
what is good and what is bad for all but they have failed to understand
that "one man’s medicine is another’s poison".
Basically: We are missing the fundamental point,
that is, the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has no business stopping any
sort of event that is not illegal. Furthermore, DBKL cited “political sensitivity” as the reason, which
is a dangerous word for the city hall to use. What does it even mean? Will it be used in future to stop events that certain politically empowered people simply do not like?
JD Lovrenciear: If a nation cannot even handle a
simple, small crowd puller like the "Better Beer Festival" that
non-Muslims have no issue with in indulging, how would you expect our
vanguards, guardians and seeming thinkers and unquestionable policy
makers to deal with multi-billion ringgit 'donations'? The hidden message emanating from this ban is too loud to ignore if the constitution is to be preserved for posterity.
SadMsian: Indeed, it is no longer about the beer. It is about our rights.
Anonymous 759201436321741: By and large, when Muslims are the majority, their way of life is the only way. They expect the minority to comply. When they fled, or migrated, to countries where they are the minority, they insist on the right to practise their way of life. I
don't drink, not socially or even occasionally. I know excessive
drinking is bad for medical reasons. But I don’t impose my way of life
on others, not even my family members.
Why can’t Muslims here think that way and remember they are Malaysians first and Muslims second?
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:55 AM